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Serving Diverse Knowledge Systems in Academia

Author(s): William F. Birdsall

Journal: Partnership : the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research
ISSN 1911-9593

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: diverse academic knowledge systems | homogeneous services | heterogeneous services | professional/client collaboration

Libraries and academic disciplines are experiencing a major transformation to thedigital era. A challenge for libraries is to adapt and coordinate theirtransformation with differing rates and types of changes in teaching, research,and scholarly communication among the disciplines they serve. This paperargues that librarians need to acknowledge the diversity of knowledge systemsand adopt a strategy that requires collaboration between libraries and multiplecommunities of knowing in the development and provision of heterogeneousservices.
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